The Miami Marlins have announced that Dillon Peters has suffered a fractured thumb when he was hit by a line drive. Peters fractured his left thumb on Monday night in a 3-1 loss to Pensacola.
Ranked by MLBPipeline.com as Miami's No. 5 prospect, Peters was struck by a comebacker and exited after 1 2/3 innings. It's unclear how long Peters will be out, but it is a tough blow for the 24-year-old, who boasts a 94 mph fastball to go along with a plus breaking ball.
Peters was being counted on as the No. 1 starter for the Jumbo Shrimp. He had a 2-1 record with 2.25 ERA this short season.
Peters impressed the Marlins in Spring Training with his power and control. As Joe Frisaro wrote on MLB.com, his pitching likely would have made him a candidate to be called up in the first half of the season.
The Jumbo Shrimp had already made changes to its pitching staff late last week when Jarlin Garcia was recalled from Jacksonville to pitch in the Marlins bullpen. The team sent Nick Wittgren to New Orleans to make room on the roster for the reliever.
The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Peters was drafted in the 10th round of the 2014 MLB draft by Miami out of Texas.